Thursday, December 9, 2021

December 9, 2021 Ridley's Believe It Or Not International Anti-Corruption Day


             CV World Cases: The CV pandemic across the planet continues on an increasing basis with cases now over 268 million at 268,532,172 cases,  21,627,058 of which are active, 246,905,114  closed with 241,605,114 recoveries (97.85%), and cracking the 5,300,000 barrier 5,300,110 deaths (2.15% ))to continue the low trend of increased cases with increased recovery percentages and decreased death percentages with some plateaus, dips, and rises.
             CV USA Cases: Total cases now over 50 million at 50,488,757 with 9,831,418 cases  of which 14,577  are serious or critical, (8,599 on 3/25/2021) (back to steady decreases with upticks despite the  Delta and Omicron Variants to .148% of active cases and to decrease the reduction from the 29,271 peak on 12/31/2020 to 14,694, (serious or critical cases now reported again), 40,657,339 closures with 814,438 deaths (2.00%) and with 39,842,9010 recoveries (98.00%). Our death rate percentage is .15% lower than the world’s death rate.
             Standing: On a deaths per million population measure on a steady but slow climb to 2440  the U.S. ranks behind Peru (5991) the new number 1 which has had a quantum leap in deaths previously unmatched which was a change in the classification to give Peru the a new method of reporting; Bulgaria the new number 2 (4260), Hungary (3768), Romania (3014), Brazil (2870) which has been hit with a rapid rise in deaths now slowing down passed by Romania, Argentina (2549), and newly added to the list Columbia (2496),  and slightly better than Belgium (2351), Poland (2312), Mexico (2261), Italy (2230),  UK (2137),  Russia newly added to list (1959), (Chile (1995),  Spain (1888),  Ecuador newly added to list (1858), Portugal (1833), France (1833),  Bolivia (1620),  Sweden (1487) that never closed its economy down like we did, and Switzerland (1342). 
comparable death rates no longer in easy to report country by country tables)
             Tests: No need to tally tests as testing programs are functioning well.
             US Vaccinations: As of 12/09/21 475.7 million doses,  2.24 million per day over last week (3 weeks left for 75% of population to be vaccinated) and in California 275,705  per day  (which means at least 80% of the population of California has received at least one shot which many believe is necessary to develop herd immunity (other than Flip Flop Fauci who may believe that 90% is required).  In California 61,422,321 total doses have been given (85.1%  of doses received to exceed the U.S. average of 81.2%), California has not moved from  8th of the 50 states in terms of the percentage of doses administered as a percentage of doses delivered to the states and at 64.2% of its population fully vaccinated compared to the U.S. average of 60.4% and has  moved from 13th back to 14th  in terms of the percentage of the population fully vaccinated compared to other states.    
              Non  CV News:  As the catch and release policies of far too many leftist D.A.’s across this nation are contributing to the surge in crimes against property and person, Biden’s pick for U.S. District Attorney in Massachusetts, who was confirmed with Harris’s tie breaking vote, is infamous for a list of crimes she will not prosecute which includes
trespassing, shoplifting, larceny, disorderly conduct, receiving stolen property, driving with a suspended license, wanton or malicious destruction of property, threats, underage drinking, drug possession, possession with intent to distribute and resisting arrest (just what we do not need for restoring public safety); Fox’s All America Christmas Tree burnt to the ground by a scumbag arsonist on Wednesday has been replaced and will be lit today at 5:00 p.m. EDT; the Blues are at it again to soak the American tax payer by demanding that Biden cancel the massive amount of student loan debt which too often represents debt incurred that leads to no jobs and at minimum extend the moratorium on making payments set to expire in February (questionable whether he has the authority to do that by executive action and question the advisability of another action that would be yet another incentive for people not to work); Josh Duggar, a reality TV personality who falsely passed himself off as possessing conservative values of faith and family life was found guilty by a jury of possessing child pornography and faces potentially 20 years when sentenced in 2022 (sick reptilian brains evidently not confined to party lines or ideology); smash and grab are not the only dangers facing retail outlets and those who work for them as an armed robber in Houston shot a clerk in the face while failing to open the cash register and then fled and is at large:


 The jury has found Smollett guilty on 5 counts arising out of his false police report of a hoax attack and attempted lynching of him by 2 MAGA hat wearing black Trump supporters and the prosecution is still presenting its case in the murder trial of Officer Potter who shot and killed Daunte Wright claiming she thought she was tasing him as Minneapolis girds for the possibility of a riot if the verdict is not guilty; once again the leftist cabal on The View prove to a woman they are clueless as they gush over HRC’s reading of the victory speech she was sure she would deliver, praising her for her “strength and resilience” and asserting she did win); the chickens of Biden’s perceived frailty, mental and physical, are coming home to roost as Russian continue to increase the number of troops on its border with Ukraine; our underfunded and undermanned CBP trying desperately to protect our Southern Border while the Biden Administration is pedal to the metal pursuing and “Open Border” policy has been forced to hold a seminar on “Better Together: A Conversation on Unconscious Bias”; in Oklahoma 79 year old Stouffer was executed for killing a school teacher for insurance proceeds for which he received the death sentence in 2003 and went down joking and laughing (how can the death penalty ever be a deterrent when 18 years or more pass before sentence is carried out?); in wakeup call to bars and taverns that dram shop laws need to be obeyed and jury  in  Nueces County, Texas jury entered a verdict of $301 billion after it found Beer Belly Sports Bar of Corpus Christ guilty of serving too much booze to Joshua Delbosque, who ran a red light in his vehicle Nov. 12, 2017, killing Tamra Kindred, 59, and her granddaughter, Ajani Anderson, 16, as they were traveling home from the pizza restaurant where Anderson worked (the  Delbosque was also killed in the accident and the sports bar is probably judgment proof so the award is symbolic only); while biased Biden hacks like Don Lemon posing as a “journalist” gush over a short term supposed nickel drop in gas prices leave it to the political cartoonist to portray what drivers really want for Christmas as Biden’s war on domestically produced oil rages on:                               

              Chicago Gun Violence: Hey is alive and well to collect data to show that through December 8, 2021, gun violence involving mostly persons of color shooting mostly persons of color in Chicago is alive and well with 4327 persons shot of whom 758 have died.
              As always, I hope you enjoy today’s holidays and observances, factoids of interest for this day in history,  a recording link to “The Thing” by Phil Harris, the fact that you do not  engage in skiamachy, and a quote from Rachel Bachelet on genocide, 
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International Day of Veterinary Medicine—clueless of who created this day or when to honor those veterinarians who treat pets, farm animals, working animals, animals rescued and zoo animals to keep them in good health or bring them back to that state from injury or disease, but the profession is an ancient one dating back to the Egyptians over 4000 years ago
International Anti-Corruption Day—created by the UN and celebrated on this day since the passage of the Anti-Corruption Convention on October 31, 2003 to fight the destructive effects of corruption on our daily lives and economic development hobbled by bribes and corrupt contracts.
           3.  1950  Number 1 Song USA—the number 1 song in 1950 on this day was  “The Thing” by Phil Harris on a run of 4 weeks in that position to join 11 other songs that achieved number 1 status. Here’s a recording of Phil Harris performing “The Thing”:   Harris was a noted singer, orchestra leader and comedian and lifelong friend of Bing Crosby who performed for some 58 years and died not from “The Thing” but from a heart attack on August 11, 1995 at the age of 91.
            4.  Word of the Day—the word of the day is “skiamachy” which means conflict or argument with an imaginary opponent which is an appropriate word this day as Jussie Smollett was found guilty today for his false police report on the hoax of being attacked and a noose put around his neck by two black racists wearing MAGA hats in the early morning hours on the cold streets of Chicago.
Practice Makes Perfect But Not Something to Kid About—celebrating the birth on this day in 1922 of noted comedian, night club entertainer and actor John Elroy Sanford better known to his fans as Redd Foxx and for his work in Sanford and Son and his scenes with fake heart attacks and pratfalls but who while performing on a scene for The  Royal Family on October 11, 1991 while walking behind a chair suddenly fell to the floor which initially caused no concern from people on the set until they realized it was not a fake heart attack but a real one that had killed him.
              On this day in:
              a. 1948 the Genocide Convention was unanimously passed by the United Nations to make genocide a crime and from 39 nation who signed the Convention, the list of signatories has risen to 152 but sadly some 45 nations have refused to do so.
              b. 1953 The General Electric Company announced that any workers who were members of the Communist Party would be discharged from the company.
              c. 1979 smallpox was certified to have been eradicated making it only 1 of 2 diseases to merit that distinction.                                                                        
              d. 2008 Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested by the FBI for trying to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama being vacated due to his victory in the 2008 Presidential election and after being impeached in Illinois he was sentenced to 11 years in prison but had his sentence commuted by President Trump after serving 8 years of his sentence.

              e. 2016 in a equal rights for women, 2 Boko Haram female school girls detonated their suicide vests in a market area of Madagali, Adamawa, Nigeria, killing some 57 and injuring 177 innocent shoppers and shopkeepers, including 120 children.
Reflections on the persistence of genocide: “Accountability matters – not only because it provides justice for victims and punishment for perpetrators. It matters because ending impunity is central to ending genocide. Prevention and punishment – the explicitly stated twin aims of the genocide convention – can never be seen in isolation from each other. Punishment is key to prevention. Impunity is an enabler of genocide: accountability is its nemesis.” Rachel Bachelet, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights.
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